After right-handed pitcher Andrew Heaney, the Miami Marlins do not necessarily have sure-fire back-end of the rotation pitchers. It is expected that Jose Fernandez will carry the “ace” title for years to come and that Heaney will be the No. 2 behind Fernandez if he can pitch nearly as well as the 21-year-old has pitched in his first year.
The No. 3, 4 and 5 spots are all up in the air. You could put Nathan Eovaldi as a possible No. 3 pitcher and maybe Henderson Alvarez could sneak in at the No. 4 or 5 spot, but there is a lot of debate as to who can actually become a decent back of the rotation pitcher. That is where left-handed pitcher Adam Conley can come into play.
The Marlins have an opportunity to take a glimpse into the future when the rosters expand to 40 in September. Conley, among other top prospects, is looking to get a shot at becoming a full-time major league baseball player with Miami next season. The lefty definitely has the ability to make his way into the starting rotation next season.
At Double-A Jacksonville this season, he was 11-7 with a 3.23 ERA in 25 games. He struck out 123 batters and has recorded a 1.16 WHIP this season. Conley’s good performances in the minors could make him an important lefty pitcher in the Marlins’ rotation for sometime. He needs to work on his off-speed stuff a bit more, but his above average fastball is what is making him a viable candidate to complete the 2014 rotation.